Warning The Floor Is Lava

Warning The Floor Is Lava

  • mediyaz
  • 1 month ago
  • 27th

Description

One day with a laser pointer I made the point jump around the room I’m not allowed to leave.

There's loads of toilet paper - help yourself to some.

The hall-of-mirrors effect beyond the edge of the level is an intentional visual design choice to illustrate the glitchy void beyond the confines of the level - I know it looks like a bug :)

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WASD / Arrows - Move

Space - Jump (hold to jump higher)

Shift - Run

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Say safe everyone - wash your hands - and S T A Y H O M E

April 2020

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  • Brupibo
    Brupibo Brupibo Level 11

    I enjoyed the physics, but the level design is weird. Jumping was fun, but I think the angular style of the platforms was a bit annoying to jump on.

    The music fits, it is fun, but the sound effects are too loud, it could use something minimalistic like the music.

    The theme is well used here. I like how you got something so trivial to become a game. Good work!

  • baku
    baku baku Level 40 Patron

    Very unique idea! Kinda frustrating physics, but I liked that the ending was atleast self-aware about that xD

  • Veralos
    Veralos Veralos Level 33

    Pretty interesting idea. I like the take on theme. The real world and the game is integrated fairly well in a way that makes it clear what's a platform and what's just decoration. The controls felt a bit off though. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why... I guess the movement feels a tad slow (I was using shift)? They work well enough though and I enjoyed my time collecting all the toilet paper. The music is nice too.

  • Nyveon

    Super innovative, I've not really ever seen anything like this.

    My main feedback would be that I found myself playing very zoomed in because otherwise I had a hard time figuring out where I could go/stand and where I couldn't. Not really sure how this could be solved though.

    Playing with the laser pointer, the stickmen around the room, I can totally relate to this too. Really well done! Congratulations :)

  • Fachewachewa

    This is such a simple and fun idea.

    The controls feel a bit weird and not super satisfying, and the screen border effect really hurt my eyes when I fell, but a still had fun completing it :)

  • 89o
    89o 89o Level 18

    I found this idea really innovative and interesting. Regarding gameplay, since the player is slower when going uphill than downhill, it can create unexpected results and feels a bit unfair. Remember to always bias games in the player's favor or else it will feel unfair. I also found 2 bugs: one is that the screen "copies over" beyond the border of the room; for all I know, this is because you aren't clearing the surface you're drawing to (draw_clear or draw_clear_alpha). Also, when you collect a toilet paper roll, all of them create the "25" text at once. An easy way to fix that is to write "with instance_nearest(x,y,oToilet)" instead of "with oToilet".

    • mediyaz mediyaz
      Level 9
      Designer

      Thanks for playing! This is my first time using the built-in physics engine for a platformer and it was tricky to calibrate the slipperyness and dampening to make the controls feel tight - I thought it might be quicker than coding something from scratch but perhaps not after all! Those bugs are actually intentional - I felt the overdraw hall-of-mirrors effect resulting from not clearing the viewport buffer worked as a background better than a flat colour or texture - the numbers that appear above all the toilet roll was to inform you of your progress and draw your attention to the ones that remained, so you can see in a flash when you need to go next. That's a good tip with instance_nearest - I probably would used something like collision_circle_list instead, but your suggestion is way more elegant!

  • PenguinCzar
    PenguinCzar PenguinCzar Level 5

    Interesting game. It's a fun concept to be sure, but there was a bit of motion blur when you fall out of the map. I loved that you took a thing that you do while stuck and made that into a game. Major props. I know it doesn't matter in regards to the competition, but I checked out your Motion Graphics Website, and you have a gift my friend. Good Job

    • mediyaz mediyaz
      Level 9
      Designer

      Thanks for playing - the motion blur effect is intentional, I felt it fit the visual style better than just a solid colour background. Thanks for checking out my website and your kind words! I have all my jam games on there too in case you missed them: https://lukenofurther.com/Personal-projects-collected

  • illdie
    illdie illdie Level 5

    Great concept, I imagine stuff like this all the time but never thought to make a game out of it! Though I did sometimes feel like the platforming was way too slow. I often just used death as a means of traversing back upwards since doing it as intended would just take too long.

    • mediyaz mediyaz
      Level 9
      Designer

      Thank you! Yes the platforming does feel a bit Bennett Foddy, particularly when you're making your way back up from the bottom - I included those launcher platforms to make it suck a little less but yes certainly the dominant strategy is to fall off the bottom and start again at the top! Level design is hard when you have a limited selection of horizontal surfaces to designate as platforms :|

  • Tero Hannula

    It was bit frustrating, not difficult though. At the end it was easier to just jump on the lava than climb back up. Therefore I fell 6 times. But managed to hoard all toilet paper :)

    • mediyaz mediyaz
      Level 9
      Designer

      Yeah the no penalty for falling was a last minute decision to help the balance because I thought it would be very hard for the large section of players to complete the game. An extra reward for players who manage a perfect run would have been a neat idea for those who wanted a greater challenge.

  • Beans for Brains

    I really enjoyed it! creative and fun, and pretty challenging!

  • Allison James
    Allison James Allison James Level 11

    This is a terrific idea with a mind-boggling amount of potential if you took it further. It messed with the perspective centre of my brain in a way I've not seen since Echochrome - I kept wanting down to be "3D House" down, not "2D Level" down xD

    Fantastic work!

    • mediyaz mediyaz
      Level 9
      Designer

      Thank you for your kind words! Yeah I don't have a 360 camera so stitching together a bunch of photos in photoshop to make a 2D interpretation of a 3D space was quite challenging and resulted in some pretty weird cubist perspectives - I'm pleased with the trippy result though!

  • TobyMoby
    TobyMoby TobyMoby Level 15

    Haha wow this was so cool! Took me back to chilhood memories where imagination would help you with the boredom of your day. Ran smoothly and was fun to explore and complete the game. Never seen anything like this!

    • mediyaz mediyaz
      Level 9
      Designer

      Thank you! I would do this same imaginary game thing on long car journeys too looking out the window and 'jumping' from lamppost to lamppost.

  • Eva
    Eva Eva Level 8

    This is one of the most unique jam entries I've seen. It's relatable, fun, and looks pretty cool too! The HTML5 build ran smoothly as well. However, it seems like the room background isn't set to clear the display buffer? Happily, this isn't much of an issue in the zoomed-in mode. P.S.: Thanks for the message about hoarding toilet paper

    • mediyaz mediyaz
      Level 9
      Designer

      Thank you for playing and your kind words - The hall-of-mirrors background is intentional :)

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